August 26, 2015 |
The bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease were found in the hot-water systems of buildings at West Chester University last week, causing hot water to be shut off to nine buildings over the weekend until the systems were sanitized. It was the second time this summer that the bacteria have been found on the campus. On Monday - the first day of classes - the remediation company hired to handle the problem reported that the systems had been successfully sanitized, a university spokeswoman said.
May 10, 2015 |
Growing up in an orphanage in Haiti, Thomy Elusme brushed his teeth regularly and never got a cavity. Yet by his teenage years, a few teeth had started to become loose and one eventually fell out. After coming to New Jersey to live with a host family, the soft-spoken 20-year-old had to have a second one pulled. Elusme suffers from a condition all too familiar to periodontist Daniel H. Fine, who examined the young man last month at the Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine in Newark, N.J. For more than 30 years, Fine has been tackling the mystery of why, through no apparent fault of their own, up to 2 percent of black youths have loose teeth.
April 4, 2015 |
A nasty, antibiotic-resistant bug struck at least 243 people in the United States during the 10-month period ending in February, including six patients in Philadelphia and 12 elsewhere in Pennsylvania, federal and state health officials said Thursday. Though they rarely die, people infected with Shigella bacteria can suffer bloody diarrhea and intense abdominal pain for up to a week. The best defense is hand-washing, as the microbe is commonly spread when an infected person touches other people or prepares food for them, said Bennett Lorber, professor at the Temple University School of Medicine.
March 6, 2015 |
A model of endoscope that has been linked to outbreaks of deadly, drug-resistant bacteria at hospitals in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and elsewhere was on the market for years without clearance, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The device in question is a hard-to-clean type of duodenoscope marketed since 2010 by Olympus Corp., which has its U.S. headquarters in the Lehigh Valley. Also Wednesday, a second Los Angeles hospital reported that four patients had tested positive for this type of "superbug" bacteria after being treated with a duodenoscope.
February 21, 2015 |
Following outbreaks in Philadelphia, Seattle, and elsewhere, a Los Angeles hospital has been struck by drug-resistant "superbugs" that were linked to a special kind of hard-to-clean endoscope and played a role in two deaths. On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety warning about the complex devices, called duodenoscopes, urging hospitals to take precautions but saying that effective cleaning of certain internal mechanisms "may not be possible. " Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center reported that seven patients had tested positive for the drug-resistant bacteria after undergoing a procedure with one of the $40,000 scopes, and that as many as 179 people had been exposed.
February 7, 2015 |
A Philadelphia hospital was struck last year by an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria associated with the use of a special kind of hard-to-clean endoscope, according to city data. Eight people examined with the scopes became infected with bacteria resistant to a class of last-resort antibiotics called carbapenems, and two died, the city Department of Public Health said. These "superbug" bacteria have an estimated mortality rate ranging from 25 percent to 50 percent in those infected.
January 25, 2015 |
The patient, a 60-year-old woman, had been battling rheumatoid arthritis for more than a decade. Most of her large joints had been seriously damaged. Both hips, one knee, and a shoulder had been replaced. She took a wide array of medicines, including steroids, but they had failed to stop the illness from progressing. She lacked the strength and dexterity to open a ketchup bottle, and needed family help to complete even small kitchen tasks. Her doctor recommended that she try a new drug known as a "tumor necrosis factor inhibitor," one of the newer "biologics.
January 21, 2015 |
Out to help improve the beer-drinking experience, the Philadelphia life-sciences company Invisible Sentinel Inc. has entered into partnerships with four brewing companies for final validation of its Veriflow brewPAL. The technology by the University City start-up claims to be the first to provide same-day detection of pediococcus and lactobacillus, bacteria that attach to grain and can spoil the taste of beer. Last fall, Invisible Sentinel announced a partnership with Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown to work on validation of Veriflow brewPAL.
September 10, 2014 |
The list is long of the perfect accompaniments to beer: hot dogs, pizza, peanuts, and pretzels, to name just a few. Most definitely not on that list: pediococcus and lactobacillus. Consider them beer buzzkills. These are types of bacteria that often hitch a ride into breweries aboard grain. If they make their way into the beer itself, they can spoil taste by producing lactic acid, a chemical compound most commonly associated with sore muscles after exertion and first refined in 1780 from sour milk.
September 8, 2014 |
Antibiotics are an odd category of pharmaceuticals, and Austria-based Nabriva Therapeutics is opening a Philadelphia-area office in hopes of finding a niche in that group. Some antibiotics are used only in humans, some only in animals, but some are used in both. Most adults have come to accept antibiotics so readily that the major problem is overuse. And overuse can mean developing resistance to medicine that used to be very effective. That has prompted efforts to control their use. The New York Times reported Wednesday that the chicken producer Perdue will stop giving antibiotics to its hatching chicks because they will eventually be eaten by humans, thereby contributing to the general problem of antibiotic resistance in humans.